Category Archive: Charity

Spotlighting The Second Four Charities

The responses to my 2008 Charity Spotlight article just keep pouring in!  I want to thank those who have suggested charities, and encourage those who would like to participate to read the announcement article and then contact me!

You can read about the first four recommended charities here.

Blunt Money from Blunt Money writes Charity Spotlight Aliamos – an article about Aliamos, an Australian-based charity.

People can CHOOSE to donate money or time to a specific environmentally responsible and socially just project.

John from Curious Cat writes Funding Entrepreneurs – an article about Kiva, a site which helps you make micro-loans to people in developing countries.

I was happy when a new payment came in, not for the money being repaid (which shows again that my aim with this money is not a return for me but to provide opportunities to entrepreneurs), but for confirmation he was doing well.

Patti from Tightwad Wannabe recommends Hope House Children’s Respite Center.

At Hope House, parents of medically fragile children can find rest form the strain and exhaustion that result from providing constant care. It is a special place where the focus is on making medically fragile children feel at home while giving their parents a much-needed break.

Reader Gaming Girl suggests Child’s Play.

Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 40 hospitals worldwide.

I still have several charities to spotlight, but I don’t want to overwhelm you (or myself).  As always, before contributing money to any cause, do your own research, and then make your own decision about donating.

Again, if you would like to participate, please read the 2008 Charity Spotlight article and then contact me.

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Spotlighting The First Four Charities

The response to my 2008 Charity Spotlight article has been nothing short of amazing!  I want to thank those of you who have already submitted your articles and suggestions, and I encourage those of you who would like to participate to read the announcement article and then contact me!

I want to make it easy for my readers to read about each charity, and also want to give a link to each charity mentioned.  I’ll list the website of the blogger who submitted a particular charity, a link to that blogger’s article about the charity, and then a link to the charity itself.  Clear as mud?  Good.

Shaun from Learn Financial Planning writes – How To Save A Life – an excellent article about Charity Water.  From the article:

A dollar gives a free year’s worth of water to someone living in an underdeveloped area.

FMF from Free Money Finance writes – Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog Purchases Made – and article about the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog.  From the article:

The catalog contains 40 different ways you can help people from around the world — by “purchasing” (really donating the money for) food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical supplies, etc.

Stephanie from Poorer Than You writes Charity: Helping Those Poorer Than Me – an article about the Cambodian Rural School Project.  (See article for how to donate.)  From the article –

This program builds schools in some of the poorest areas in Cambodia and, in the areas they are built, has drastically cut down on illiteracy, long-term poverty, and human trafficking. In order for a basic school to be built, $13,000 must be raised. This money is matched by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and goes towards a school, teacher, and well. Additional money raised goes towards school enhancements such as solar panels and computers, books, and extra teachers.

A reader, DM, suggests St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  This same charity was suggested way back in 2006, during the first Charity Spotlight, by blogger Dedicated to Financial Freedom.  Here’s a link to that article about St. Jude.  (For the life of me, I want to call it St. Jude’s, with an apostrophe.)  From the article –

If you get a chance to look through their site… you may see hope for a cure and success at saving our children from these… illnesses.

I have several more charities to spotlight, but I don’t want to overwhelm you (or myself).  As always, before contributing money to any cause, do your own research, and then make your own decision about donating.

Again, if you would like to participate, please read the 2008 Charity Spotlight article and then contact me.

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2008 Charity Spotlight

For the third year in a row, I’m asking my fellow personal finance bloggers to write articles about their favorite charities.  If you have a personal finance blog – or any old type of blog – and you would like to participate in this year’s 2008 Charity Spotlight, write a post about your favorite charity, publish it, and contact me.  If you do not have a blog, but you would like for me to mention a charity that you love, contact me, and let me know a little about the charity, and why you think it rocks.  As I receive them, I’ll share your articles, charities, and suggestions with my readers.  When writing about your charity, be sure to include any pertinent contact and website information.  Any help in promoting this year’s Charity Spotlight would be greatly appreciated.

Click here to view the 2007 and 2006 Charity Spotlights.

Spotlighting The First Four Charities

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Charity Spotlight 2007 – Modest Needs

I recently asked my fellow personal finance bloggers (and my readers) to contact me and let me know about their favorite charities. Several bloggers and readers have responded – but I’d still love to hear from you! So, read the original post about the Charity Spotlight 2007 and let me know about your favorite charity.

Today, the spotlight shines on a charity mentioned by two of my readers –

Modest Needs

Website: Modest Needs

A quote from the Modest Needs website –

Founded in 2002, Modest Needs is an award-winning public charity with a simple but critical mission: we work to stop the cycle of poverty BEFORE it starts for the low-income workers whom conventional philanthropy has forgotten.

We do this by empowering compassionate members of the general public to safely and securely help hard-working, low-income households to afford the kinds of short-term emergency expenses that we’ve all encountered before: the unexpected car repair, the unanticipated visit to the doctor, or the unusually large heating bill, for example.

Modest Needs looks like a very interesting organization.  It seems that their goal is to keep folks from hitting ‘rock bottom’.  I love the fact that they take efforts to verify the validity of a need.  Take a few minutes and check out their site.

If you have a charity that you’d like me to ’spotlight’ – please read this post.

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